At the request of the council attorney, police officers asked Borgerding to leave the room. When Borgerding asked why he had to leave, he said the officer took him by the arm and walked him out the last few steps.
A few dozen people, upset that he appeared to be expelled for speaking his mind, also walked out of the hearing. This past week, several local blogs leveled charges that the council was trying to curtail public criticism, but Borgerding said Friday he would rather focus on solving the city's tax problem.
Aaron Haith, the council attorney, said he was trying to keep people from applauding and interrupting the meeting. He said he intended for the officer to ask for quiet and didn't realize Borgerding was escorted out.
"It was a miscommunication, and I felt bad about it," Haith said.
Eyewitness accounts differ sharply from Haith's explanation. They tell AI that Haith could be overheard to say, "Get him" as he summoned the law enforcement officer. Another item O'Shaughnessy adds to the story adds more intrigue to his removal. "Borgerding, as it turns out, was a fiscal analyst for this same council many years ago," he writes. That suggests that some council members may have known Borgerding from his work for the council and were upset because he was criticizing them so sharply and with authority. O'Shaughnessy omitted the fact that Borgerding had to endure claims he lied about his tax bill increasing from $2,200 to $15,000. His home in Lockerbie is listed in his wife's name, leading some Democratic operatives to accuse him of lying to the city-county council.